Migrants not granted asylum should be sent back to their country – Magistrate Mifsud

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Court of Magistrates presided by Magistrate Joe Mifsud is warning of the “constant phenomenon” in relation to the increasing amount of persons travelling to Malta without valid documents. The Court also said that such actions undermine the country’s security. The Magistrate added that migrants that are not granted asylum should be sent back to their home country.

The Magistrate said this on Sunday during the court hearing of a case involving a 28-year-old Chad national who was refused asylum by the Maltese authorities. The man was arrested at the Malta International Airport whilst he was trying to board a flight heading to Pescara in Italy with a passport and Italian residence permit belonging to someone else.

Magistrate Mifsud also said that the rule of law cannot be broken, not even during times of conflicts and acts of terrorism in countries neighbouring Malta, as such cases of illegal immigration might deter innocent third parties. The Court also asked immigration authorities to automatically start sending similar cases back to their country of origin.

Due to the fact that the accused pleaded guilty of the accusations brought against him, and he is also homeless, the Magistrate ruled that the appropriate punishment should be imprisonment. As the accused cooperated with the Police and had a prior clean conduct, he was sentenced to six months in jail after which he will be sent back to his country of origin.